Gearing up for Andrew’s next Appetite for Life season (they’re doing a big road trip through the southern US. “Like” them on Facebook for updates on the shoot schedule), figuring out the details on AZ’s Carts in the Parc event at the NYC Food & Wine Festival, and tackling about one gazillion other projects… we’ve been swamped at Food Works. But no matter how many things piled up on our to do lists, we still made time for our annual state fair trip.
The Zimmern family loves the Minnesota State Fair. They’d go every single day if possible (this year, I think it was 11 out of 12 days). They have specific walking routes for efficiency. They’ve got weird food rules, like you can only eat cheese curds from the Mouse Trap, and the only malt worth slurping comes from the little old ladies at the Kiwanis stand. The state fair is like a religion to these people.
For the past three years, we’ve opted to forgo the office holiday party and instead do a Food Works day at the fair. The Zimmern clan, the Kugler family, our latest hire Beth, and yours truly, spent last Friday eating our faces off and taking in the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Highlights:
Rafferty & Hattie got to take the first bites of our Gizmo sandwiches (apparently, Hattie didn’t want to share). I think we’re all in agreement that this is our favorite fair food. Thanks to Iowans Carla (pictured above with AZ) & Kirby Wood for bringing this Italian meat torpedo to us Minnesotans.
Fun Fact: Andrew doesn’t like rides. His wife does though! Rishia & Hattie on the scrambler:
The weirdest of weird items at the fair wasn’t deep fried and on a stick. It was the Strib’s mustard-flavored lip balm. Next pic, Beth & the Hattmeister on the sky ride. Looks like Hattie hogged all the photos.
We made a quick work-related stop to talk with John and Elizabeth at Twin Cities Live. As we exited the building, AZ stepped in a bunch of goat poop. It was awesome. Later, we met up with our office neighbor (and the most hardcore massage therapist I know), Pui.
I had to dip early, but was psyched I got to check out this beautiful stuffed badger at the DNR exhibit before I split. The only thing that would’ve been cooler is if it were a honey badger, ’cause honey badger don’t care. What’s your favorite fair food?